LaFontaine Arts Council names judges for its regional art exhibit

The husband and wife team of Linda Farris and Tom Farris will serve as judges for the LaFontaine Arts Council 2014 Regional Art Exhibit, to be held Aug. 1 through Aug. 27 at the Wilson Gallery at Huntington University's Merrilat Centre for the Arts.

The exhibit will feature artists from the northern Indiana area working in a variety of mediums.

Artists interested in participating in the show can contact Debbie Dyer, executive director of the LaFontaine Arts Council, at ddyer@lafontaineartscoun or 358-0055 to obtain an entry form. Entry forms are due July 21.

Entries will be received on July 26 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Wilson Gallery at Huntington University.

Wilson Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with some exceptions.

A native of Hammond, Linda Farris has lived in Muncie since graduating from Ball State University in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science in art.

She taught art in Muncie for several years and has worked in painting, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, fairy gardens, glass work, purse making and more.

She has become well-known in the field of miniatures and doll-houses, receiving the Academy of Honor award from the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (NAME) in 2010.

In 2014, 15 of her pieces were featured at the Museum of Miniature Houses in Carmel. Her scale miniature scene of Christine's dressing room from "Phantom of the Opera" won a top award at the 2013 South Shore Arts Salon Juried Competition in Munster. Other pieces of her work have won national, state and regional awards in miniature, crafts and fine arts competitions.

Tom Farris is a native of Wabash and earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing, economics and business from Ball State University.

He started a marketing/advertising/public relations firm in 1967, with his wife joining as partner in 1987. They also founded QuestMark, a marketing research firm.

In the early1980s, Farris began creating pieces for juried competitions. He has had 52 pieces (photography, prints, multi-media, assemblage, sculpture, painting) accepted in 18 juried competitions and won 15 awards.

He is currently working on design patents for several of his sculptures and has a number of art and writing projects lined up for the second half of 2014 and beyond.

Farris has judged regional art and photography competitions.

The Farrises are collaborating on a line of jewelry they hope to market by 2015.